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ISSN: 1538-320
March 23, 2010

Girl taking testsYou may be new to the relatively new term - progress monitoring. But, if you are interested in improved results for kids, you will want to learn more.

Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice that is used to assess your child's academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

In other words, it tells the teacher what your child has learned and what still needs to be taught.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn about progress monitoring. You'll find information and resources about how progress monitoring works, who should use it, and the benefits and challenges of this practice.

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Meeting the Challenges of Effective Progress Monitoring

Student progress monitoring is a way of helping the child learn and the teacher teach.

Progress monitoring can help your child's teacher determine if her instruction is effective. The teacher uses short, frequent weekly tests to identify your child's progress toward measurable goals. It can be used with one child or an entire class.

Take a look at our new Progress Monitoring page. This page has information about progress monitoring and IEPs, articles, powerpoint presentations, and recommended resources.

 
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Progress Monitoring Resources for Families

Do you really know how much your child is learning or progressing? Progress monitoring has benefits for the student, the teacher, and the family. You should receive regular feedback from the teacher on how well your child is doing.

On our new Progress Monitoring page you'll find a link to Progress Monitoring Resources for Families. This section offers resources about progress monitoring, written in family-friendly language from the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring.

 
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